The Expansion Pak consists of 4 MB of random access memory (RAM), the same type of memory used inside the console itself — increasing the Nintendo 64 console's RAM from 4 MB to 8 MB of contiguous main memory. It is installed in a port on top of the console and replaces the pre-installed Jumper Pak, which is simply a RAMBUS terminatorGame developers can take advantage of the increased memory in several ways, including greater visual appeal.
The Expansion Pak is required in order to run two cartridge games, Donkey Kong 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and all 64DD software. Capcom's Resident Evil 2 uses the Expansion Pak for increasing visual details of environments and monsters, and Perfect Dark has limited gameplay options when the Expansion Pak is not present. Supporting games usually offer higher video resolutions or higher textures and/or higher color depth.
Official Nintendo 64 Expansion Pack
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